Waiting for that creative light bulb .

Appliqueing a pink peony.

I had a piece of silk that I painted and loved the look of it, soft pastels with the look of watercolor. I’ve been saving it,  not wanting to waste this beautiful silk on the wrong design. I’d look at it from time to time, waiting for inspiration to hit me.  Finally the light bulb went off over my head, I know just what I’m going to do!! And so it started , the new art quilt.

hand painted silk for an artquilt

Part of the “wonderful” silk piece

I’m always excited at the start of a light bulb moment quilt.  In my mind’s eye can picture it. The picture often changes as I work on the reality of of making it, but it is an exciting beginning and the journey along the way to the finished work,  is satisfying. Here’s some photos following  the progression of work .

beginnings of a silk painted art quilt.
I wanted a large pink peoney, so I begin to applique` lots of petals .
And lots more petals
Appliqueing a pink peony.
I have used a bit of silk paint to make a few turned edges on the peony petals
lots of cutting ,big mess
Lots of petals appliqued on, big mess

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal I've been a painter most of my life. When I was introduced to quilting, I fell in love, jumping in with both feet. I loved quilting, but began to miss the creative freedom painting offered. Then, I discovered mixed media art quilting, I was finally home. My Process & Approach For me, it's the process of creating that holds the strongest attraction. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, then I follow where it leads. My style is fairly loose and instinctual. I don't a great deal of pre-planning.The creative choices are made as I work on a piece, are based on my gut feelings at the time. This can lead to quite a few changes in direction. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise. Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.

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